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The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxine Angelyn “Maxene” (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie “Patty” Andrews (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.

The Andrews Sisters’ harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Christina Aguilera, and The Three Belles.

Patty Andrews died of natural causes at her home in Northridge, California on January 30, 2013, just 17 days before her 95th birthday. Walter Wechsler, her husband of 60 years, died on August 28, 2010, at the age of 88. Patty and Walter were parents to foster daughter Pam Dubois.  The sisters were interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, close to their parents.

Read more at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Andrews_Sisters

YOLANDA ADAMS, LUPE FIASCO, GUY SEBASTIAN, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD AND DIONNE WARWICK TO JOIN RODNEY CROWELL, MIKE EINZIGER, EMMYLOU HARRIS, LIANNE LA HAVAS, LEANN RIMES, ED SHEERAN, ANN MARIE SIMPSON AND GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS TO CELEBRATE “PLAY IT FORWARD: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC’S EVOLUTION AND INFLUENCERS” AT THE 
GRAMMY FOUNDATION®‘S 15TH ANNUAL MUSIC PRESERVATION PROJECT, PRESENTED BY SEAGATE®

Prestigious GRAMMY® Week Event Highlights GRAMMY Foundation’s Ongoing Work To Safeguard Music’s History 

 

WHO:             
The GRAMMY Foundation® will host “Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — featuring live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. Performers include GRAMMY® winners Yolanda Adams, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou HarrisLeAnn Rimes, and Dionne Warwick; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lupe Fiasco; Current GRAMMY nominee Ed SheeranMike Einziger ofIncubus, singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, multi-platinum recording artist Guy Sebastian, and George Thorogood And The Destroyers, as well as other artists to be announced shortlyThe evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.
 
WHAT:          
“Play It Forward:
 A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This GRAMMY Week celebration promotes the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org orhttp://wl.flavorus.com/sabantheatre/PlayItForward, or contact 855.235.2867. “Play It Forward” is sponsored in part by Barefoot Wine & BubblyCenterStaging, the Coffee Bean & Tea LeafGetty Images Music and Jackson Limousine.
 
WHERE:       
Saban Theatre

8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA  90211
 
WHEN:        
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
5:15 p.m.                           Media Check-in (Note: Please arrive promptly. Media using mult-box will
                                           be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.)
6:15–7:15 p.m.                  Red-Carpet Arrivals
7:30–9 p.m.                       Guest Speakers and Performances
9 p.m.                                Reception

WHY:             
Protecting our cultural legacy for future generations is a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation mission. The Foundation recognizes and celebrates the innovation, perseverance and genius evidenced in the stories and music of the pioneers who have woven a rich and colorful cultural fabric. The GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project highlights its year-round activities in support of that mission, from preservation grants to its Living Histories archive. The Project also draws the attention of a wider audience to those efforts, and to the imperiled condition of many of the most historically significant recordings. This concert and screening serves to reintroduce works from these major contributors to the public and educates them about the GRAMMY Foundation’s role in preserving our rich cultural heritage.
 
MEDIA R.S.V.P. MANDATORY: 
Christina Cassidy/The GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/christina.cassidy@grammy.com 
Hannah Berryman/The GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/hannah.berryman@grammy.com
Joe Schneider/Rogers & Cowan/310.854.8140/jschneider@rogersandcowan.com
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Credentials will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event. ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED. ALL MEDIA MUST BRING PHOTO I.D. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated no later than Friday, Feb. 1. 
 
NOTE: To plug in to a mult-box, media must bring a female XLR cable with a deck. If you cannot accept a line-level feed, also bring an in-line mic-to-line adaptor. Media using mult-box will be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.
 
The GRAMMY Foundation®  was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.  For breaking news and exclusive content, please follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn atwww.twitter.com/GRAMMYFdn
 
About Seagate:
From creating Hollywood blockbuster movies and the music that’s the soundtrack of people’s lives, to sharing photos and videos on social networks, Seagate storage devices are an integral part of modern life.  Seagate is a worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn, discuss, and share the creative process at Facebook.com/SeagateCreative.
 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM, WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY, TRACE ADKINS, HUNTER HAYES, AND MORE ANNOUNCED AS INAUGURAL TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMERS
 
Hunter Mountain to Host 3-Day Festival June 13–15, 2013
 
HUNTER, N.Y. – Townsquare Media Group and Chet-5 Festivals are pleased to announce the inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival featuring Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson & Family, Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Blackberry Smoke and more June 13-15, 2013 at Hunter Mountain Resort in the scenic Catskills Mountains. The 3-day music festival was announced earlier today at a press conference held at Hunter Mountain Resort.  Ticket packages begin at just $120 and afford fans three days of live music from today’s hottest acts in country music in a picturesque locale less than two hours from New York City.  Early Bird Discounted Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. EST on www.tasteofcountryfestival.com. VIP ticket options, mountainside camping, resort accommodations and more are available online.
 
TasteofCountry.com and our partners at Chet-5 Festivals are delighted to bring the Northeast’s first large-scale multi-day country music festival to Hunter Mountain,” shared Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President, Live Events of Townsquare Media Group, the owner of TasteofCountry.com. “We are focused on the audience experience – delivering our folks the artists and music they love in a beautiful setting that delivers world-class resort and camping accommodations, outdoor recreation and top-notch food and beverage service.”
 
“We are very excited about our new partnership with the Townsquare Media Group,” said Gary Chetkof, founder of the Mountain Jam Music Festival. “Combining our experience producing the Mountain Jam Music Festival along with Townsquare Media Group’s assets makes for a powerful partnership that will produce a world-class country music event for many years to come.”
 
The Taste of Country Music Festival will be held the weekend following the ninth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival that is scheduled for June 6-9, 2013. Mountain Jam is one of the top music festivals in the country and will feature Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Primus, Dispatch, The Avett Brothers and more. Additional information can be found on www.MountainJam.com.
 
More information can be found online by visitingwww.tasteofcountryfestival.comwww.facebook.com/tasteofcountryfestival 
or by following @TOCFestival on Twitter. 
 
Suggested Twitter copy: Today @TOCFestival reveals @LadyA, @WillieNelson @HunterHayes & more as performers June 13-15. bit.ly/ViohC3 #tocfest
 
Taste of Country Music Festival is produced by Townsquare Media Group and by Gary Chetkof’s Chet-5 Festivals, LLC, in association with TasteofCountry.com.
 
About Chet-5 Festivals
Chet-5 Festivals produces the Mountain Jam Festival as well as dozens of concerts in and around the Hudson Valley. It is also the sister company of Radio Woodstock.
 
Radio Woodstock is a global multi-media company that includes the award-winning radio station, Radio Woodstock 100.1, Woodstock’s hometown radio station, as well as internet radio stations, Radio Woodstock 69, and Radio Woodstock LIVE. All three are available online at RadioWoodstock.com.
 
Listen online: www.radiowoodstock.com
 
About Townsquare Media Group
Townsquare Media Group is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content. Its assets include 244 radio stations, 250 local companion websites in 51 small to mid-sized markets, 350 live music and non-music events annually and certain national digital properties including Taste of Country, Diffuser.fm, Ultimate Classic Rock, Loudwire, The FW, GuySpeed, ScreenCrush and PopCrush, as well as a network of music and entertainment digital properties reaching over 60 million U.S. unique visitors and E-commerce business Seize the Deal. Additionally, Townsquare Media Group also operates Townsquare Cares, a non-profit organization that seeks to better the lives of troops and their families.  www.townsquaremediagroup.com
 
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RANDY HOUSER’S NEW ALBUM HOW COUNTRY FEELS NOW AVAILABLE
 
15-Track Album Featuring This Week’s No. 1 Smash Single
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Tuesday, January 22, 2013) – Stoney Creek Records’ Randy Houser shows the world “How Country Feels” today with the release of his new album now available in stores, on iTunes and everywhere music is sold. The 15-track release features seven songs co-written by Houser including the poignant ballad “Power Of A Song,” which Alanna Conaway of American Songwriter says “will knock a listener off their feet,” the biographical “Route 3 Box 250D” which showcases the singer’s childhood in Mississippi, and the first No. 1 smash hit of his career “How Country Feels,” which tops the charts this week on BDS/Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase/USA Today.
 
Bill Friskics-Warren of the Washington Post notes, “He’s back with ‘How Country Feels,’ a buoyant, hook-filled outing that seems to have the Mississippi native angling for Nashville’s softer, feel-good center,” and Brian Mansfield of USA Today adds, “Want to know how country feels? Listen past the title hit’s seven-gen heartland rock. When Houser sings about songs themselves, and why not all who love them can live them, his nuanced Mississippi drawl becomes part of the story.”
 
Echoing opinions in Music City, Country Weekly‘s Tammy Ragusa brings attention to Houser’s long-standing industry cred writing, “Nashville’s country music insiders have known for some time that Randy Houser is one of the finest male vocalists the community has ever welcomed.”
 
For more on Randy Houser, visit www.randyhouser.comor follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
 
Suggested Twitter copy: @randyhouser’s “How Country Feels” out today! Preview and download it on @iTunes: http://bit.ly/WT5LKT.
 
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Prescription Bluegrass CD Review–The Hillbenders

 

THE HILLBENDERS – CAN YOU HEAR ME

Label: Compass Records

Released: September 2012

By: W.J. Hallock

One of the definitions of “Symbiosis” is: “A close, prolonged association between two or more different species that is mutually beneficial to each member.” Yep….. that sounds like THE HILLBENDERS to me! “SYMBIOTIC!” Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves’ screamin’ dobro benefits from Mark Cassidy’s high wattage, parallel banjo licks, while Mark’s banjo benefits from Nolan Lawrence’s hot and tasty mandolin chops. Nolan’s mandolin benefits from Jim Rea’s enthusiastic guitar, just like Jim’s guitar benefits from his cousin, Gary Rea’s thunder storm driven upright bass, and Gary’s bass, in turn, churns right back around under the current of Chad’s dobro. Around and around they go, five different “Species” of instruments bouncing in and out of each other‘s space for their mutual benefit! Simply put, this band is so tight they probably all breathe in unison!

 

There’s a very amazing thing that happens when a band becomes this close….. unless the listener is really paying attention, it can be hard to tell exactly which instrument is playing when! The pickup notes from the banjo over riding the end of a dobro line can be so fast and precise that you can’t tell when one ends and the other begins. Even the tone of each instrument becomes similar….. the individual sounds of the dobro and the banjo together then almost make a third unique sound all it’s own! And when the guitar and bass are so rhythmically solid under the solos and the mandolin is playing right ON that off beat, that all powerful FEEL, that has to be earned, with years of practice and live performances, suddenly takes on a life of it’s own and you have….. MAGIC!

Read the rest of this review by clicking here:  http://www.prescriptionbluegrassblog.com/2013/01/prescription-bluegrass-cd-reviewthe.html

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 19, 2013
 
STRAIT SETS TONE FOR TOUR WITH PERFORMANCE MATERIAL SPANNING 30+ YEARS AT FIRST STOP
 

L to R: U.S. Marine Corps E-3/Lance Corporal Christopher Allen, Strait, and Lieutenant General Leroy Sisco, U.S. Army (Retired)
Photo: Courtesy of Terry Calonge



Fans at the Sold-Out United Spirit Arena ‘Give Strait All They’ve Got’ on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour in Lubbock, Texas
 
LUBBOCK, Texas – Friday night, January 18, 2013, the King of Country Music, George Strait, kicked-off the first of 21 tour stops on his 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour in Lubbock, Texas at United Spirit Arena with special guestMartina McBride.  An audience of 15,326 was afforded what will soon be a rare occurrence–seeing Strait and his Ace In The Hole Band live in concert. 
 
The evening began for many with a VIP reception in the aptly named “The King’s Tavern” which features multiple traveling memorabilia cases on display as part of “The King’s Exhibit” with featured items ranging from Dusty Chandler’s jacket, Strait’s lead character in Pure Country, to his Country Music Hall of Fame medallion from his November 2006 induction.   
 
After a riveting set from McBride (full set list below), Strait sauntered to the stage and opened his nearly 100 minute set with his 2011 anthem and the title of his last recording, “Here For A Good Time.” 
 
Partway through the show Strait broke stride after he performed his current single, “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and introduced U.S. Marine Corps E-3/Lance Corporal Christopher Allen to a captivated audience.  Allen was then recognized as the 287th recipient of the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s (MWSF) “Homes 4 Wounded Heroes” (H4WH) program and the first awardee to receive a key directly from Strait.  The presentation was made possible through Strait’s longtime friend, Lieutenant General Leroy Sisco, U.S. Army (Retired) who shares, “Our foundation is thrilled at this opportunity to work with such an incredible patriot as George Strait and with his help we are going to change the lives of the heroes and their families by awarding 100% mortgage-free homes at the next 20 concerts on George’s ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ finale tour.”
 
The Allen family will receive a one-story home with 1,717 sq. ft. of living space and is a spacious 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home in Bakersfield, California complete with a pool and a two car garage. The homes made available for the program are donated to MWSF through partnerships and, as unveiled at the show in Lubbock, will be awarded to one service member at every tour stop on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. 
 
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Set List from Lubbock, Texas, January 18, 2013: 
 
Martina McBride: 
“When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” 
“Wrong Baby Wrong” 
“Wrong Again” 
“Teenage Daughters” 
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” 
“Anyway” 
“(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” 
“Heartaches By The Number” 
“Wild Angels” 
“My Baby Love Me”
“First Cut Is The Deepest” 
“Free Fallin'” 
“King Of The Road” 
“Love’s The Only House” 
“This One’s For The Girls” 
“A Broken Wing” 
“Independence Day”
 
George Strait:
“Here For a Good Time”
“Ocean Front Property”
“Check Yes Or No”
“I Saw God Today”
“Drinkin’ Man”
“A Showman’s Life”
“Love’s Gonna Make It”
“Arkansas Dave”
“80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper”
“Honky Tonk Crazy”
“Blame It On Mexico”
“Hit Me In The Heart”
“Marina Del Rey”
“King Of Broken Hearts”
“Where The Sidewalk Ends”
“The Chair”
“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls”
“Stars On The Water”
“Give It Away”
“Living For The Night”
“Amarillo by Morning” 
“Give It All We Got Tonight”
“I’ll Always Remember You” 
“Troubadour”
“Unwound”
“Same Kind Of Crazy”
“All My Ex’s Live In Texas” 
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“Cowboy Rides Away”
 
Upcoming 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates: 
Jan 19  |  Chesapeake Energy Arena  |  Oklahoma City, Okla.
Jan 25  |  EnergySolutions Arena  |  Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 26  |  Idaho Center  |  Nampa, Idaho
Jan 31  |  Sleep Train Arena  |  Sacramento, Calif.
Feb 1   |  SaveMart Center  |  Fresno, Calif.
Feb 2   |  MGM Grand Garden Arena  |  Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb 15 |  Xcel Energy Center  |  St. Paul, Minn.
Feb 16 |  Alerus Center  |  Grand Forks, N.D.
Feb 22 |  First Niagara Center  |  Buffalo, N.Y.
Feb 23 |  XL Center  |  Hartford, Conn.
Mar 1   |  Thompson-Boling Arena  |  Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar 2   |  Rupp Arena  |  Lexington, Ky.
Mar 17 |  Reliant Stadium  |  Houston, Texas
Mar 22 |  Bi-Lo Center  |  Greenville, S.C.
Mar 23 |  Greensboro Coliseum  |  Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 5   |  The Pit  |  Albuquerque, N.M.
Apr 6   |  Pan American Center  |  Las Cruces, N.M.
Apr 12 |  Verizon Arena  |  N. Little Rock, Ark.
Apr 13 |  New Orleans Arena  |  New Orleans, La.
Jun 1    |  Alamodome  |  San Antonio, Texas*
* On sale date March 9, 2013
 
For more information on MWSF, please visit www.militarywarriors.org.  For more information on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, please visitwww.georgestrait.com
 
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Prescription Bluegrass CD Review–Jerry Douglas “Traveler”

 

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Jerry Douglas – Traveler
Label:      eOne Music
Released: October 2012

Reviewed by: Dan King

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the greatest Dobro player of all?

Faced with that query, most magic mirrors would probably respond by saying that Jerry Douglas has been, and is, the premier Dobro player of our time.

And who could argue?

As the featured soloist for the multi-Platinum, multi-Grammy, multi-(pick an award) Alison Krauss and Union Station, Jerry Douglas has consistently raised the bar for what passes as virtuosity on that instrument. Douglas has also ventured from his “Allison Wonderland” from time to time to tour and record with a deep and stunning Who’s Who of élite musical acts, solo performers, and singer/songwriters. Furthermore, his personal list of awards from the music industry could make the much decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps blush from feelings of inadequacy.

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Gary Allan’s new CD, “Set You Free” will be releasing on Jan. 22, 2013. Tonight I got to preview the whole CD, and I liked what I heard. The only song I had heard before tonight was “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain). It’s on the radio, it’s a great song. We all know it, and I think we all love it. It’s the kind of music I’ve grown to expect from Gary Allan.

There were a few disappointments – at least for me. I wasn’t crazy about “Tough Goodbye”, and I didn’t really like “Bones” at all. I first became a Gary Allen fan when he released “Smoke Rings in the Dark.” It doesn’t matter how many songs he releases, or how many albums he puts out during the rest of his career, I’m sure “Smoke Rings” will always be my favorite. I’m not saying “Tough Goodbye” and “Bones” are bad songs. But I didn’t really feel like they were country songs, and they didn’t remind me of the reason I love Gary Allan. I may be the only one who thinks that – but that’s okay.

After I got through “Bones” I got to hear “It Ain’t The Whiskey” – this one I liked. Very prolific. And very Gary Allan. “It ain’t the whiskey, it ain’t the cigarettes that’s killing me, it ain’t the stuff I smoke, it’s all these things I can’t forget. And it ain’t the hard times, it ain’t the all nights, Well it ain’t that easy, it ain’t the whiskey that’s killing me….” Yep, that’s Gary Allan at his best. I think this is probably my favorite song on the new CD. I’ll be interested to know which one all of you like best.

“Sand in My Soul” is a little more up-tempo, but it’s still Gary. You listen to it, and you know know that it’s something he would have recorded. I think this one would do well as a single, too. It’s the one I found myself wanting to sing along with. He slows us back down with the number six song, “You Without Me.” I just want all of you to listen to this one – when I got this far in the CD, I started changing my mind about exactly which song on the new album really is my favorite. And deciding that I’m allowed to have more than one that I like best.

After I got through “Bones” I got to hear “It Ain’t The Whiskey” – this one I liked. Very prolific. And very Gary Allan. “It ain’t the whiskey, it ain’t the cigarettes that’s killing me, it ain’t the stuff I smoke, it’s all these things I can’t forget. And it ain’t the hard times, it ain’t the all nights, Well it ain’t that easy, it ain’t the whiskey that’s killing me….” Yep, that’s Gary Allan at his best. I think this is probably my favorite song on the new CD. I’ll be interested to know which one all of you like best.

“Sand in My Soul” is a little more up-tempo, but it’s still Gary. You listen to it, and you know know that it’s something he would have recorded. I think this one would do well as a single, too. It’s the one I found myself wanting to sing along with. He slows us back down with the number six song, “You Without Me.” I just want all of you to listen to this one – when I got this far in the CD, I started changing my mind about exactly which song on the new album really is my favorite. And deciding that I’m allowed to have more than one that I like best.

The song “One More Time” is one of those, grab you cup of coffee, gaze out the window, put your feet up…and remember. It’s one of those ‘look back at your whole life…the mistakes you made, things you might have done differently…’ I think this one definitely reminded me what kind of Gary Allan songs I like most – the slow ones. He has an incredible voice. And you can really hear his vocals in these slower songs.

I review a lot of CDs. Some I tell you a little about one or two songs, and then just rate the album over-all. And some, I tell you a little bit about every song – at least what I thought of every song, and why. And Gary has given me one of those challenges. One of those CDs that I just felt like I needed to tell you a little about every song. The ones I like the best, and the ones that didn’t do as much for me. I’m putting “Hungover Heart” right up there with the ones I like the most. It’s another song that if anyone else had sung it, you would be saying “Gary Allan should have had this one.”

Get ready to smile – here comes “No Worries.” That’s all I can say about it. It’s a cute song. “No Worries, I don’t have a single care today. Everything is going to go my way. No worries.” That about sums it up. I think you are all going to like this one as much as I do!

listened to “Drop” and the first thing I thought of was Harry Connick Jr. I don’t know why, but for some reason I could see that man sitting at the piano singing “Drop.” But I really liked the song. And I thought about some sneaky, cartoon character type detective lurking in the shadows chasing some cartoon criminal. Oh, don’t get me wrong – the lyrics are definitely NOT screaming ‘cartoon character detective”…it was just something about the melody that led me in that direction. But, I really do like the song.

“Pieces” is another faster one. But it’s another really good song. When I finish listening to a song for the first time, and find myself quoting lyrics, I know it was written with people in mind. People who are going to be able to relate to it for one reason or another. I think is probably my favorite of the aster songs on the album.

That brings us to “Good As New”. Gary slows it down for us with this final track. And I discover one thing about Gary Allan. When he sings, you listen. And you pay attention to what he’s saying. I think there are a lot of times when the lyrics just become part of the background noise. That’s not the case with Gary Allen. I’ve listen through the whole album three times. By the thiThere’s my opinion and here’s your track list. Now, put Jan. 22 on your calendar, because you are going to want to get this CD the minute it hits store shelves.

Tough Goodbye 
Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) 
Bones 
It Ain’t The Whiskey 
Sand In My Soul 
You Without Me 
One More Time 
Hungover Heart 
No Worries 
Drop 
Pieces 
Good As New

Country (CountrysChatter.com)

NEWS RELEASE

MIKE EINZIGER, LEANN RIMES, ANN MARIE
SIMPSON, AND 
GEORGE THOROGOOD AND
THE DESTROYERS TO JOIN RODNEY CROWELL,
EMMYLOU HARRIS, LIANNE LA HAVAS AND
ED SHEERAN TO CELEBRATE
“PLAY IT FORWARD: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC’S
EVOLUTION AND INFLUENCERS” AT
THE 
GRAMMY FOUNDATION®‘S 15TH ANNUAL
MUSIC PRESERVATION PROJECT,
PRESENTED BY SEAGATE® 

 
Prestigious GRAMMY® Week Event Highlights GRAMMY Foundation’s
Ongoing Work 
To Safeguard Music’s History 

 

WHO:             
The GRAMMY Foundation® will host “Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — featuring live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. Performers include GRAMMY® winners Rodney CrowellEmmylou Harris, and LeAnn Rimes; current GRAMMY nominee Ed SheeranMike Einziger ofIncubus, singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, as well as other artists to be announced shortlyThe evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member.  Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.
                                            
WHAT:          
“Play It Forward:
 A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This GRAMMY Week celebration promotes the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org orhttp://wl.flavorus.com/sabantheatre/PlayItForward, or contact 855.235.2867. “Play It Forward” is sponsored in part by CenterStaging, the Coffee Bean & Tea LeafGettyImages Music and Jackson Limousine.
 
WHERE:       
Saban Theatre

8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA  90211
 
WHEN:        
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
5:15 p.m.                           Media Check-in (Note: Please arrive promptly. Media using mult-box will
                                           be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.)
6:15–7:15 p.m.                  Red-Carpet Arrivals
7:30–9 p.m.                       Guest Speakers and Performances
9 p.m.                                Reception

WHY:             
Protecting our cultural legacy for future generations is a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation mission. The Foundation recognizes and celebrates the innovation, perseverance and genius evidenced in the stories and music of the pioneers who have woven a rich and colorful cultural fabric. The GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project highlights its year-round activities in support of that mission, from preservation grants to its Living Histories archive. The Project also draws the attention of a wider audience to those efforts, and to the imperiled condition of many of the most historically significant recordings. This concert and screening serves to reintroduce works from these major contributors to the public and educates them about the GRAMMY Foundation’s role in preserving our rich cultural heritage.

MEDIA R.S.V.P. MANDATORY: 
Christina Cassidy/The GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/christina.cassidy@grammy.com 
Hannah Berryman/The GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/hannah.berryman@grammy.com
Joe Schneider/Rogers & Cowan/310.854.8140/jschneider@rogersandcowan.com
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Credentials will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event. ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED. ALL MEDIA MUST BRING PHOTO I.D. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated no later than Friday, Feb. 1. 
 
NOTE: To plug in to a mult-box, media must bring a female XLR cable with a deck. If you cannot accept a line-level feed, also bring an in-line mic-to-line adaptor. Media using mult-box will be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.
 
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “GRAMMY in the Schools” on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/grammyintheschools and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/GRAMMYFdn.
 
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NEWS RELEASE

2013 GRAMMY® NOMINEES ALBUM CONTAINS
22 TRACKS FEATURING A DIVERSE ARRAY
OF ARTISTS AND MEMORABLE SONGS   

 
Album, Available Digitally and in Stores Jan. 22, 2013; 
Gives Music Fans Two Chances to Attend Music’s Biggest Night® 

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2013) — Capitol Records and The Recording Academy®‘s GRAMMY Recordings® will release the 2013 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 22, 2013 and provide lucky music and GRAMMY fans two chances to attend the 55th or the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The album features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres.

The 19th edition of the best-selling collection includes many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The album is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from the album benefit the MusiCares Foundation®and the GRAMMY Foundation®— two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.

In conjunction with the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album, Capitol Records and The Recording Academy will offer two opportunities to attend the annual GRAMMY Awards. First, when pre-ordering the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbumby Jan. 21, music fans can enter to win a trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Additionally, providing another chance to win tickets to Music’s Biggest Night®, each 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique entry code for the GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be entered at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2014. The second-place winner will receive other official GRAMMY Awards merchandise.
 
The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

2013 GRAMMY Nominees Album Tracklist:
 
1. THE BLACK KEYS
“Lonely Boy”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
 
2. KELLY CLARKSON
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album
 
3. TAYLOR SWIFT
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Record Of The Year
 
4. GOTYE
“Somebody That I Used To Know” 
(feat. Kimbra)
Record Of The Year
 
5. KATY PERRY
“Wide Awake”
Best Pop Solo Performance
 
6. FUN. FEAT. JANELLE MONÁE
“We Are Young”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album
 
7. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
“Shake It Out”
Best Pop Vocal Album
 
8. P!NK
“Try”
Best Pop Vocal Album
 
9. MAROON 5 FEAT. WIZ KHALIFA
“Payphone”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
 
10. CARLY RAE JEPSEN
“Call Me Maybe”
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
 
11. MIGUEL
“Adorn”
Song Of The Year
 
12. ED SHEERAN
“The A Team”
Song Of The Year
 
13. HUNTER HAYES
“Wanted”
Best New Artist
 
14. THE LUMINEERS
“Ho Hey”
Best New Artist
 
15. ALABAMA SHAKES
“Hold On”
Best New Artist
Best Rock Performance
 
16. MUMFORD & SONS
“I Will Wait”
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
 
17. FRANK OCEAN
“Pyramids”
Album Of The Year
Best New Artist
 
18. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
“We Take Care Of Our Own”
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
 
19. JACK WHITE
“Freedom At 21”
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

20. MUSE
“Madness”
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
 
21. COLDPLAY
“Charlie Brown”
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Album

22. ADELE
“Set Fire To The Rain”
(Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Best Pop Solo Performance
 
About The Recording Academy 
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit GRAMMY.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, InstagramPinterestTumblr, and YouTube.
 

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